Our first 12 hours in Singapore were spent in Night Safari. The experience started with the Thumbuakar tribal performance, which became more interesting when a guy from the audience was randomly selected to (and willingly) join them.
We also did catch the Creatures of the Night Show featuring the nocturnal animals in a forest setting, the best part of which was the humour extended by the host, including the assistants, and the participation from the audience. Afterwhich, we proceeded to conquer the different trails which were designed as eight (zoological) geographical regions in the world. When we bought the parkhopper ticket (for Jurong Bird Park, Singapore Zoo, and Night Safari with a discount), there was an option to buy the tram ticket at a lower price. We were much decided that we did not want it since we preferred to explore the area by walking in and around. Especially that we were still on the first day of the trip, tired feet is not a possibility.
However… as we were trailing one region (I forgot what exactly that was), with narrow path and leaves on the side touching us, the tigers’ roaring were enough to scare us… we started imagining things and soon we found ourselves running the fastest we can (just like those in the thriller movies) to the tram station and bought tickets. Finally, we were on board peacefully. 😉
I was giggling inside my head when I looked back at how cute (errr, embarrassing) the scary-ing happened. Where are those days that I was daydreaming to be in the woods and meadows and that I will meet wolves (and vampires)? I guess that my Twilight madness is wearing off. Maybe, if I did the Night Safari at the peak of my wolves and vampires wilderness, I would not shiver a bit to go into the wild.
In one of the tram stops, we chanced on this cool zebra-themed quickbites source. Then, we continued our journey completing the visit to Himalayan Foothills, Nepalese River Valley, Indian Subcontinent, Leopard Trail, Equatorial Africa, Indo Malayan Region, Asian Riverine Forest, South American Pampas, and Burmese Hillside. The tram experience became more interesting and enjoyable because of the onset sort of storytelling by the guide (yes, not recorded), augmented by the recorded sounds of nature. There is bountiful of animals left and right, however, flash photography is not allowed. I have willingly decided to rest my camera and just enjoy the ride, which I have found to be the most enriching part of this visit. I was just feeling and appreciating the wonderful creatures staring and walking by before my eyes.
I am glad though that we went to the Night Safari before visiting Singapore Zoo. Otherwise, I would not fully appreciate it. I do not want to be harsh by saying that it is overrated. But let’s just say that in case you need to strategize your time or go for the park hopper tickets (2 in 1 or 3 in 1), you might want to consider going to Singapore Zoo and Jurong Bird Park only. Especially if you are a photo enthusiast, you won’t be able to achieve much in the safari. On the other hand, if you wish to experience both the zoo and the safari, you might consider visiting them the same day since they are on the same location (literally you just need to cross to the other side), i.e. to schedule the zoo visit at day time, to safari at night since it opens at 7:00 PM. However, that could be overwhelming and disappointing – on the part that your benchmark will be the zoo visit. Should you go for only one among the three (bird park, zoo, safari), there is no doubt that the Singapore Zoo visit is the most worthwhile experience. In fact, a must-do when you are swinging by Singapore.